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The Book of the Prophet Jonas(Jonas means Dove from the Hebrew)
The 1st Chapter
The word of the Lord came unto Jonas the son of Amittai, saying: Arise, and get you to Ninive, that great city: and preach unto them, how that their wickedness is come up before me. And Jonas made him ready to flee unto Tharsis from the presence of the Lord, and get him down to Joppa: where he found a ship ready for to go to Tharsis. So he paid his fare, and went abroad, that he might go with them unto Tharsis, from the presence of the Lord. But the Lord hurled a great wind into the sea, and there was a mighty tempest in the sea: so that the ship was in jeopardy of going in pieces. Then the mariners were afraid, and cried every man unto his god: and the goods that were in the ship, they cast into the sea, to lighten it of them. But Jonas got him under the hatches, where he laid him down and slumbered.
So the master of the ship came to him and said unto him: Why slumber you? Up, call upon your God: if God (happily) will think upon us, that we perish not. And they said one to another: come, let us cast lots: that we may know, for whose cause we are thus troubled. And so they cast lots, and the lot fell upon Jonas.
Then said they unto him: tell us, for whose cause are we thus troubled? what is your occupation? from where come you? what country man are you? and of what nation? He answered them: I am an Hebrew, and I fear the Lord God of heaven, which made both the sea and the dry land. Then were the men exceedingly afraid, and said unto him: why did you so? (for they knew, that he was fled from the presence of the Lord, because he had told them) and said moreover unto him, What shall we do unto you, that the sea may cease from troubling us? (for the sea wrought, and was troublous) he answered them: Take me, and cast me into the sea, so shall it let you be at rest: for I know that for my sake, that this great tempest is come upon you.
Nevertheless, the men *assayed with rowing, to bring the ship to land: but it would not be, because the sea wrought so, and was so troublous against them. Wherefore they cried unto the Lord, and said: O' Lord let us not perish for this mans death, neither lay you innocent blood unto our charge: for you, O' Lord, have done, even as your pleasure was. *assayed= 1. To be shown by analysis to contain a certain proportion of usually precious metal. God's word is eternal even is this modern definition exactly to the point. This would be men of their own understanding "assaying" of themselves what their own will is or even by their own thinking ; what the will of God is. RN
So they took Jonas, and cast him into the sea, and the sea left raging. And the men feared the Lord exceedingly, doing sacrifices and making vows unto the Lord.
The 2nd Chapter
But the Lord prepared a great fish, to swallow up Jonas. So was Jonas in the belly of the fish, three days and three nights. And Jonas prayed unto the Lord his God, out of the fishs belly, And said: In my trouble I called unto the Lord, and he heard me: out of the belly of hell I cried, and you heard my voice. You had cast me down deep in the midst of the sea, and the flood compassed me about: yes all your waves and *roules of water went over me. I thought that I had been cast away out of your sight: but I will yet again look toward your holy temple.
*roules=roils to make cloudy/ muddy by stirring up sediment
The waters compassed me, even to the very soul: the deep lay about me, and the weeds were wrapped about my head. I went down to the bottoms of the hills, and was buried with earth for ever. But you, O' Lord my God, have brought up my life again out of corruption. When my soul fainted within me, I thought upon the Lord: and my prayer came in unto you, even in to your holy temple. They that hold to vain vanities, will forsake his mercy. But I will do the sacrifice with the voice of thanksgiving, and I will pay that I have vowed: for why? Salvation comes of the Lord. And the Lord spoke unto the fish, and it cast out Jonas again upon the dry land.
The 3rd Chapter
Then came the word of the Lord unto Jonas again, saying: up, and get you to Ninive that great city, and preach unto them the preaching that I bade you. So Jonas arose, and went to Ninive at the Lords commandment. Ninive was a great city unto God, namely of three days journey.
And Jonas went to, and entered in to the city: even a days journey, and cried, saying: There are yet forty days and then shall Ninive be overthrown. And the people of Ninive believed God, and proclaimed fasting, and arrayed themselves in sackcloth, as well the great as the small of them. And the tidings came unto the king of Ninive, which arose out of his seat, and did his apparel off, and put on sackcloth, and sat him down in ashes.
And it was cried an commanded in Ninive, by the *auctorite of the king and his lords, saying: See that neither man nor beast, ox or sheep, taste anything at all: and that they neither feed nor drink water: but put on sackcloth both man and beast, and cry mightily unto God: yes, see that every man turn from his evil way, and from their wickedness, that he has in hand. *auctorite= authority
Who can tell? God may turn, and repent, and cease from his fierce wrath, that we perish not. And when God saw their works, how they turned from their wicked ways: he repented on the evil, which he said he would do unto them, and did it not.
The 4th Chapter
Therefore Jonas was sore discontent and angry. And he prayed unto the Lord, and said: O' Lord, was this not my saying (I pray you) when I was yet in my country? Therefore I hastened rather to flee unto Tharsis, for I know well that you are a merciful God, full of compassion, long suffering, and of great kindness, and repent when you should take punishment. And now, O' Lord, take my life from me (I beseech you) for I had rather die then live. Then said the Lord: are you so angry? And Jonas got him out of the city, and sat down on the east side thereof: and there made him a booth, and sat under it in the shadow, till he might see, what should chance unto the city.
And the Lord God prepared a wild vine, which sprang up over Jonas, that he might have shadow above his head, to deliver him out of his pain. And Jonas was exceeding glad of the wild vine.
But upon the next morrow against the spring of the day. The Lord *ordened a worm, which smote the wild vine, so that it withered again. And when the Sun was up God prepared a fervent east wind: and the Sun beat over the head of Jonas, that he fainted again, and wished unto his soul, that he might die, and said: It is better for me to die than to live. And God said unto Jonas: are you so angry for the wild vine? And he said: yes very angry, even unto death. And the Lord said: You have compassion on the wild vine, whereon you bestow no labor, nor made it grow: which sprang up in one night and perish in another: And should not I then have compassion on Ninive that great city, wherein there are above 120,000 persons, that know not their right hand from the left, besides much cattle? *ordened=old English root word of the word "ordained"
The end of the Prophecy of Jonas
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